Are you making a difference?

Although leaders may get great personal satisfaction from leading a team that accomplishes greatness, it’s in giving to others that creates conditions for the work to be exceptional. That means that leaders who want to make a difference must put an effort into satisfying the needs of those who are on the ground doing the […]

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Coaching is more than asking questions

I’ve seen a lot written and said about how important it is for people managers to coach the people around them. Often, the enthusiasm about coaching is anchored in leaders asking more questions rather than telling others what to do. Asking, not telling, is an admirable way to lead others, and is an important skill […]

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When solving problems can get you killed

Last week I had the pleasure of spending time with local non-profit leaders, teaching them to incorporate real coaching into their management/leadership tool kit.  Within a couple of hours, the group was well grounded in the pillars of “real coaching” – listening, asking powerful questions, and moving the coachee to action. Once we moved beyond […]

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When to work with an executive coach

You hire a plumber to fix a plumbing problem. You hire a doctor to deal with a health issue. Likewise, you need to hire a coach for the right reasons. Otherwise, working with an executive coach can be a waste of effort. An executive coach can help you to realize your full potential. However, working […]

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